Design for Equity in Boston

Presented by the Boston Society Of Architects/AIA And The BSA Foundation
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Design for Equity took place at the ABX Expo 2016 in Boston as a day-long curriculum to explore how racial and social inequity are manifested in urban planning and the built environment, and the tools designers and practitioners can develop to promote more just and inclusive communities. This topic has never been more salient for the City of Boston. The Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, supported through the work of the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, recently declared racial inequity as a pressing resilience issue facing the city. In October, this group will be making recommendations to the Mayor, and moving into a next phase of implementation. The Design for Equity curriculum addresses the history and legacy of racial inequity in the built environment as created through urban design, zoning, policy, planning, and financing. The day will feature leading practitioners and academics on equity and the built environment, who will explore how design and planning can promote racial equity through existing processes, and perhaps reveal new approaches to our work. Participants will cultivate new ways to think about the roles that private, public and community stakeholders can play in achieving more equitable outcomes in their work. Follow the social media built around this event with #DesignForEquity.

The learning from the day was developed and tested through a hands-on application at the Design for Equity charrette the following day and will be reported back to the city of Boston and interested parties.
Presented by the Boston Society Of Architects/AIA And The BSA Foundation
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Design for Equity took place at the ABX Expo 2016 in Boston as a day-long curriculum to explore how racial and social inequity are manifested in urban planning and the built environment, and the tools designers and practitioners can develop to promote more just and inclusive communities. This topic has never been more salient for the City of Boston. The Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, supported through the work of the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, recently declared racial inequity as a pressing resilience issue facing the city. In October, this group will be making recommendations to the Mayor, and moving into a next phase of implementation. The Design for Equity curriculum addresses the history and legacy of racial inequity in the built environment as created through urban design, zoning, policy, planning, and financing. The day will feature leading practitioners and academics on equity and the built environment, who will explore how design and planning can promote racial equity through existing processes, and perhaps reveal new approaches to our work. Participants will cultivate new ways to think about the roles that private, public and community stakeholders can play in achieving more equitable outcomes in their work. Follow the social media built around this event with #DesignForEquity.

The learning from the day was developed and tested through a hands-on application at the Design for Equity charrette the following day and will be reported back to the city of Boston and interested parties.